Many of you might remember the original Maruti Suzuki Baleno sedan that once graced our shores. It had been discontinued back in 2007 and was a moderate seller. Maruti brought back the name in 2015 and this time around, it was used for a hatchback.
The premium Maruti hatchback we today know of as the Baleno has been a big success for the company too. However, today we have with us a wild modified car which looks like an inexpensive alternative to a McLaren sportscars of recent. But what if we tell you that the car you see below started its life as the Baleno sedan and not in the fancy avatar you see it in today.
That’s right, this purple menace was actually a Maruti Suzuki Baleno sedan before being transformed into its current state. It has been done by Raj Customs and looks quite bonkers now. The car takes visual cues from a lot of hot supercars and sports cars out there. The front headlamps, for example, seem inspired by the Toyota GT86/ Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ, which is also quite a well known sports car. The overall look, however, matches that of a McLaren, the 570S coupe to be more precise. Let’s now take a look at all the changes which have been done on the car
As it is quite apparent, almost all of the body panels have been custom fabricated to give it a definitive look. The front now gets a sharp nose and sharp headlights along with fog lamps enclosed in chrome housings. The whole car gets a lowered stance but is high enough to easily make it through the rough Indian roads.
The doors have been custom made and are inspired by Lamborghini/McLaren cars, sporting the signature butterfly look effortlessly. The rear also gets a complete design revision and gets a set of all new tail lights along with twin silencer pipes. The tail lights get a mesh around them in order to add to the overall look. If we had to choose one angle from which the car looks the best, it has to be the front three-quarter angle.
And how can we forget those cool purple black wheels. The unique coloured alloys add to the overall sporty look of the car and look great. The whole car has been covered in a shade of purple that for one moment reminds us of the DC Tarzan car. Talking about the interiors of the car, they have been redone too. However, the changes made are not to an extent as the work done on the exteriors. The interiors now come wrapped in leather and have some sporty touches given to it in order to match the exterior.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sedan that is used as the base car here was powered by a 1.6 litre Inline-four petrol engine, churning out a decent 94 Bhp of power along with 130 Nm of torque. It was mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox and had an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure of 15.4 km/l. Though the car had a decent engine and a reasonably attractive design for its time, it was not a big success. This does not mean that it was failure, but going by Maruti’s standards of success, the Baleno sedan lagged behind. It even had an Estate version, called the Baleno Altura. However, the Baleno Altura performed even poorer at the sales chart and was shortly discontinued.
The whole project took around a year to complete and was mostly done single handedly by the owner. The overall cost of the project was around Rs. 4.5 lakhs which is quite reasonable when you see the amount of work done on it. Though the rear looks a bit offset compared to the rest of the car, according to the designer that is because it was his first mod job and more of a practice project instead of a professional modification work. We give it a thumbs up for the hard work involved and that lovely front fascia.
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